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Aro Recommended El Bonaerense


Argentina 2002, 107 minutes
Dir. Pablo Trapero
In Spanish with English subtitles
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama, Suspense/Crime


Aroview: An authentically macho tale about the notoriously clannish and corrupt police force of Buenos Aires (members are known as 'el Bonaerense') which follows a naive rural recruit, trying to make good after a lapse of criminal behaviour, into a world of graft, violence and moral mockeries.

With a tone that flits between black humour, absurdism and grimness, this manages a somewhat unique slant on familiar themes, while also opening a window into an arcane and troubling world of law-enforcement in a country recently devestated by economic collapse. Also sporting a few raw sex scenes, young dir. Trapero achieves a certain memorable tawdriness in his sophomore effort.

NZ International Film Festival 2003

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  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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